No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger News and Notes
July 14, 2011•This Week’s Challenger… The Penske Racing Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-211 during Saturday’s New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
•The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in 2011... After 18 events, Brad Keselowski and the reigning champion No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger team are ranked eighth in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings. The team is coming off its first win of the season in the Feed The Children 300 last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
•Most Recent Winner…With his win last week at Kentucky, Keselowski picked up his first NNS victory of the season. It marked his 13th career series win.
•Keselowski at NHMS: A Capsule… Keselowski led four times for 64 laps on his way to a second-place finish in last year’s NNS race at Loudon…Keselowski won the pole award in this race last season…Keselowski has never finished outside the top 10 in three career NNS starts at NHMS…Keselowski has completed every lap of competition in his three career starts at Loudon.
•Keselowski Speedway Stats… In 91 speedway starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated six wins, 39 top-five finishes, 55 top-10 results and four pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 1,006?? laps at tracks between one and two miles in length.
•Follow Brad on Twitter… Fans can follow Keselowski on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/keselowski. Followers can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest Cup Series and Nationwide Series news for the Penske Racing driver.
•Meet Brad Keselowski…Keselowski will make an appearance at the Ruby Tuesday located at 327 Loudon Road in Concord, N.H. on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm ET.
Brad Keselowski on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“New Hampshire is a fun place to race because it’s one of those tracks where you are racing it as much as you are the competitors. It’s very hard to pass, especially in these Nationwide cars, because you get too loose underneath someone and you don’t have the power to beat them off the corner. You need to be able to maintain forward bite off the corner throughout the race to be successful. The fans in New Hampshire are some of the best on the circuit. We had a really good car there last year and finished second. Hopefully we can better that by one position and take the Ruby Tuesday Dodge to Victory Lane.”
Brad Keselowski on getting his first win of the season last weekend at Kentucky Speedway
“To finally get the first win of the season is a big relief to everyone on this Ruby Tuesday Dodge team. We’ve found some speed in our cars over the last few weeks so I really feel like we can get several more wins before the end of the season. There are some new faces on this team, guys that weren’t part of our championship season from last year, and that win showed them what all their hard work can accomplish.”
Crew chief Todd Gordon on preparing a car for New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“New Hampshire has long, flat corners and you tend to fight a tight-handling condition throughout the race. The key is to keep the car turning with good mechanical grip so as to not upset the aero platform. Even though it’s just over one mile in length, aerodynamics still play a big role in racing at New Hampshire. This chassis performed well at Charlotte and we are excited to race it again, especially after the improvements we feel that we’ve made with our program. Brad has tremendous stats at New Hampshire. All that is missing is a win. Hopefully we can give him something to work with this weekend.”
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